Inktober 2018 Prompts - Horror & Supernatural

Welcome to the second post in a series of posts featuring prompts for Inktober – this week the theme is Horror and Supernatural! If you’re not familiar with Inktober I’ll be going into more detail in just a moment but basically, it is an art prompt that takes place every October using only ink. There is a set prompt list created by the original Inktober founder, however, it has become such a wonderful community project now that there are so many new prompts popping up each year. Every year Inktober is responsible for the creation of so much fantastic art and connecting people with new artists. It is also an inspiration for many people and with so many fantastic prompts to choose from there is something for everyone! So I wanted to share them all before October comes around so people can take part or start following hashtags to see the wonderful art that emerges from these prompts.

Disclaimer: I have done my best to only include prompts in which the creators have clearly stated they are happy for people to share and take part in. If I have accidentally included a personal one or you wish for your prompt to be removed from this list please let me know and I’ll be happy to oblige.

2019 Update

If you’re looking for 2019 prompts head over here. Each year I’ll be using Pinterest to collect and organise prompts. You can find all the 2018 prompts in their own board:

About Inktober

Inktober is an art prompt that was originally created in 2009 by Jake Parker who wanted a challenge to develop his inking skills. It has grown from there to become a worldwide event with thousands of artists of all skill levels taking part. The prompt consists of 31 words that act as a prompt, an idea for an drawing for each day. As explained in the FAQ section of the Inktober website participants are welcome to use whatever medium they want and interpret the prompts in their own way. That includes working with calligraphy and lettering if that is your field of interest. In general the rules are pretty much lax about everything; if you want to do one a day or several in one day then that’s fine too! The whole point is to get together, challenge yourself and most of all have some fun doing it 🙂

Below is the official prompt list:



Horror & Supernatural

Last week it was magic and fantasy and this week it is everything at the darker end of the scale as we head into the horror and supernatural prompts! Here we have gothic horor and spooky fun mixed with dark gods, /witchsonas, creatures and gore (these are hidden behind a spoiler tag as they may be triggering to some readers).


Spooky Fun





Gothic Horror

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2018 Inktober challenge lists! Are you getting ready? Choose a list and follow along, producing 1 inked drawing a day for the month of inktober. I hope these lists inspire you to draw! I personally might be using either kidsVSmonsters or sword and sorcery lists. Tip 1: I find it good to sketch out ideas and roughs in september to get ready for October. Tip 2: browse the relevant hashtags everyday for inspiration ( #inktober #inktober2018 etc) Tip 3: get some good inking pens that are easy to use and suit your style Tip 4: Finally, don't forget to use the theme tag for the list you choose, so we can all see what you create! The tags: A Pirates Adventure = #pirateinktober A Dark Circus = #circusinktober Nightmare Fuel = #nightmareinktober Kids vs Monsters = #kidsinktober The Jungle = #jungleinktober A Dystopian Future = #dystopianinktober Sword and Sorcery = #swordinktober A Wicked Western = #westerninktober Street fighters = #fighterinktober Share these lists freely with your people. On tumblr last year there were over 70,000 notes and shares. Just tag me @dropthedrawings Have fun! #inktoberlist #inktoberlists #list #lists #inktober2018list #inktober2018lists #inktobertheme #inktoberthemes #pirates #monsters #artchallenge #art #artprompts #artprompt #inktoberthemes

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Familars & Creatures

Deities & Demons



Gore & Blood

As these may contain words that may act as triggers I’ve put them within a spoiler tag. Please click the tag to view.

Warning: Contains gore, blood, body parts, harm, phobias.


Over to You

Have you ever taken part in Inktober? Or any other art prompt? I’m planning in taking part for the first time this year and I’ll be posting more about that at the end of the month!

Did any of these prompts catch your eye?

If you’re not an artist will you be following any of the hashtags to see what art is created?

Let me know in the comments!

Have a prompt to add to the list? Let me know in the comments 🙂 Please keep in mind that only 2018 Inktober prompts will be listed.

Last week it was magic and fantasy and this week it is everything at the darker end of the scale for the horror and supernatural inktober prompts!

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